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isirv Singapore 2018

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The 1st Chair of isirv - A Tribute
Dr Geoffrey Schild passed away on the 3rd of August in Bergen, Norway. Geoffrey was a world-renowned influenza scientist who mentored and was an inspiration to many around the world. While he was the Director of the WHO World Influenza Centre, Mill Hill, UK, he and his colleagues pioneered work to develop a unified system of nomenclature for influenza viruses and the development of an influenza vaccine potency assay which remains the international gold standard. During his long and distinguished career, Geoffrey was an inspiration to his many colleagues and to young scientists, enthusiastic about their interests and encouraging of their research endeavours. He displayed an eager commitment to communicate his profound interest in combating infectious disease and influenza in particular. Geoffrey was a founder member and an inspiring first Chair of isirv. Read more
  2nd IMRP Conference                                               7 - 9 March 2018 
The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore
This is the 2nd in a planned series of International Meetings on Respiratory Pathogens which aim to be the premier global forum on respiratory viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. The focus will be on recent advances in epidemiology, immunology, diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, plus clinical management. It will bring together clinicians, public health professionals, scientists and policy makers to learn about respiratory pathogens and discuss the next steps in reducing the burden of these diseases through research and policy initiatives. A full day of parallel sessions will be devoted to providing updates for policy makers to increase their understanding on respiratory diseases and to allow for better research-policy interactions that will accelerate translational research.
Abstract submission is now open Further details are available on the IMRP website.

  4th International NIV Symposium                                 18 - 20 April 2018 
The Grand, Brighton, UK
Following the success of the 3rd International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses (Georgia, USA) this conference will retain the format. It aims to explore the latest surveillance data, vaccination and control strategies, diagnostic techniques, experimental research data and epi­demiological and economic impact studies relating to swine, equine, canine and other non-human/non-avian influenza viruses. Further information will be available shortly.

  Symposium: The Centenary of the 1918-19 Pandemic    24 - 26 June 2018 
New Francis Crick Institute, London

Plans are underway to organise, in conjunction with the Francis Crick Institute, a symposium to mark the centenary of the 1918-19 pandemic.


  11th International RSV Symposium                                3 - 7 October 2018 
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, USA
The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Society is holding their 11th International RSV Symposium in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.This is the premier global conference for RSV researchers in academia and industry, hosting scientists, students, non-profits, regulators, sponsors and industry. Further details will be made available in the coming months.
 1st ISIRV International Influenza Vaccine Meeting    18 - 20 October 2018  
Immunological Assays and Correlates of Protection for Next Generation Influenza Vaccines
Florence, Italy
This conference will address new immunological assays and immune correlates of protection needed to estimate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of next generation influenza vaccines currently being developed.

  ISIRV School of Respiratory Viruses  - Beirut                    Early May 2018  
 An ISIRV School is now planned for the Middle East. It will be hosted by the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The proposed programme includes an appropriate focus on MERS-CoV in addition to the influenza virus and further details will be available shortly.
   News                 
Influenza Vaccine
 The recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2016-2017 northern hemisphere influenza season can be found here
Zoonotic Influenza
The update 'Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness' can be found here.
 MERS-CoV
 Information and links to other sources of information on this evolving situation is available in the news section
  Other Events     
6th meeting of the African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE 2017) Antananarivo, Madagascar  13-17 November 2017
We expect this meeting will bring virologists, public health specialists and epidemiologists, not only from mainland Africa, but also from the Islands of the Indian Ocean and from other parts of the world (USA, Europe, New Caledonia). First call for abstracts - visit the meeting website

  Members' Resources  
IRV Journal
The ISIRV Journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses, is now published in an online only format. No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles.ISIRV members will receive a 10% discount for articles submitted. Contact membership@isirv.org for the code.

  Recent ISIRV Events             The ISIRV School of Influenza 2016:  After two successful Summer Schools of Influenza held in 2011 and 2012, the University of Siena and isirv organised the third edition of the School of Influenza from 11-15 April 2016 in the beautiful medieval town of Siena (Italy). 65 young scientists from five continents gathered to spend one intense week of seminars and workshops led by world-renowned scientists in influenza... read more